Assesment of design strategies of post-earthquake housing in Turkey

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Akın M., Aslan A., Aydın H. N.

6th International Conference on Earthquake engineering and seismology, Kocaeli, Turkey, 13 - 15 October 2021, pp.528-537

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Kocaeli
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.528-537
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: Yes


The number of natural disasters has significantly increased in the last decades, having an extensive impact on the environment. The destruction of houses after an earthquake causes a necessity for finding new settlement areas as well as temporary and permanent houses. It is determined that the demand of accommodation after earthquakes is an important concern that goes beyond the conventional construction of buildings. Sustainable post- disaster housing projects is the long-term reconstruction of communitinites affected by earthquakes which is radically different from the construction of housing projects at normal times. During the post-disaster housing recovery in Turkey, generally, urgent solutions including temporary shelters and plans for the construction of permanent houses are considered by the authorities. Including these approaches, other transient solutions and urgent needs such as food, health care, social services, etc. should also be defined due to the conditions of the region where the earthquake occurred. In addition, local and governmental organizations should be responsible for pre-earthquake and post-earthquake related events including survey, design, construction and rehabilitation activities to be carried out in earthquake-prone areas, taking the necessary measures regarding the implementation of development plans and infrastructure projects of new settlements to be built after an earthquake in different categories. This study intends to establish essential framework of the transition from temporary accommodation buildings to permenant house plans and to identify the main problems of post-earthquake strategies.